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TCFV also serves as the unified voice before the Texas legislature on behalf of family violence survivors and service providers to support laws that assist victims and survivors.
TCFV’s three major focus areas are: Support to Service Providers: TCFV educates and trains victim advocates, criminal justice personnel, health care providers, faith communities, businesses, advocacy organizations, service providers and allied professionals in communities throughout Texas and the nation.
As a formerly battered woman who was providing help to others, she embodied the combination of personal experience, formal education (doctorate) and professional services (counseling) that we knew would help articulate the mission and build the organization.
We host an array of dynamic signature conferences, summits, training events, webinars, and prevention efforts throughout the year to support the capacity building of member programs and enhance community responses to family violence throughout the state.TCFV supports this critical goal by offering these additional services: Officers Leigh Ann Fry, President and Chair Jaime Esparza, El Paso, Chair-Elect Frank Jackel, Treasurer, At-Large Director Julia Spann, Secretary, Region 9 At-Large Members Danielle Agee, Irving Jeff Allar, Austin Shirley Cox, Arlington Janet Lawson, Austin Laura Squiers, Lufkin Crayton Webb, Dallas Regional Directors Jim Womack, Region 1 Carole Wayland, Region 2 Jim Malatich, Region 4 Shannon Trest, Region 5 Heather Kartye, Region 6 Sherri Kendall, Region 7 Frances Wilson, Region 8 Family Violence Programs Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (Houston) The Ark Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelter (Brownwood) Bastrop County Family Crisis Center (Bastrop) Bay Area Turning Point (Houston) The Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Pasadena) Brighter Tomorrows (Grand Prairie) Casa De Misericordia (Laredo) Center Against Sexual and Family Violence (El Paso) The Crisis Center (Odessa) Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties (Jacksonville) The Crisis Center of Matagorda and Wharton Counties (Bay City) Crisis Center of the Plains (Plainview) Daya (Houston) Denton County Friends of the Family, Inc. (Waco) Family Crisis Center of East Texas (Lufkin) Family Crisis Center of the Rio Grande Valley (Harlingen) The Family Place (Dallas) Family Services of Southeast Texas (Beaumont) Family Support Services (Amarillo) Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.(Denton) Domestic Violence Prevention (Texarkana) East Texas Crisis Center (Tyler) Eastland County Crisis Center, Inc. (San Antonio) Family Time Crisis and Counseling Center (Humble) Fannin County Family Crisis Center (Bonham) First Step, Inc.Prior to the formation meeting, several of the founding members of TCFV began to analyze the challenges for battered women and their children, many while responding to sexual violence.The Austin Rape Crisis Center, the first rape crisis center in Texas, opened in 1974, and immediately began to receive calls from sexual assault victims as well as from those caught in an abusive relationship.